Volunteers sought to assist free community Tax Help Program
Volunteers with basic arithmetic and computer skills, enthusiasm and a willingness to help others can offer their time to assist the Gladstone Region Tax Help Program.
The program, facilitated by Gladstone Regional Council's Community Advisory Service on behalf of the Australian Tax Office, provides access for residents on low-incomes to a free and confidential tax return service.
Gladstone Region Acting Mayor Chris Trevor said volunteers would need to be able to spare a few hours a week from July 17 to October 31.
"This program is an invaluable community service which offers assistance to those who earn under $50,000 per annum and have simple, basic tax requirements," Cr Trevor said.
No previous experience is required to fill the role of a Tax Help volunteer but availability to volunteer during the September school holidays would be desirable.
Council's Finance & Corporate Governance Committee Chair Councillor Rick Hansen said the assistance of volunteers was greatly appreciated and appropriate training would be offered.
"As part of the recruiting process, volunteers complete online training with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and undergo a police record check," Cr Hansen said.
"Volunteers receive relevant training and have access to support from ATO staff to assist community members in completing basic tax returns for the 2016-17 financial year."
Residents interested in volunteering for the Tax Help Program can register an expression of interest at www.gladstoneregionvolunteering.com.au or email Council's Community Advisory Service on firstname.lastname@example.org